Is it Safe to Drive With a Flat Tire?

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Once a tire loses a large amount of air pressure, it causes a flat tire. Overuse, puncture, improper air pressure, or a defect can cause a tire to become flat. Furthermore, driving on underinflated tires can cause damage and increased wear on the tire that can cause a flat earlier than if you were to drive on tires that are properly inflated.

Things to note when driving on a flat tire:

  • As soon as you have a flat tire, pull over to the side of the road. Driving on a flat tire can be dangerous and bad for your vehicle. A spare tire is located in your vehicle just for a situation such as this. The spare tire can be put on by you, or a tow truck, depending on the amount of mechanical experience you have.

  • If you continue to drive on the flat tire, the car will pull heavily to one side making it difficult to drive in a straight line. In addition, internal structure damage can be done to the tire and vehicle damage may also be possible from a flat tire.

  • Along with the vehicle being damaged, the flat tire can cause an accident, injury, or even death to the passengers in the vehicle or those around the vehicle. The vehicle could lose control easily, causing you to slam into a nearby vehicle or object.

  • Some flat tires can be salvaged, if they have a small puncture like a screw or a nail. If they have larger problems, just as a blowout or a gash, the entire tire may need to be replaced by a mechanic.

  • If you fail to change a flat tire in a timely manner, it can cause the brake lines, calipers, rotors, suspension components, fenders, and wheels to have serious damage. This damage will most likely cost thousands of dollars, instead of a more affordable tire fix. Furthermore, if the braking system gets damaged, it will be more difficult to stop in case of an emergency.

Driving on a flat tire is dangerous and should not be done. Once you notice a flat, slow down to 20 mph and find a safe stopping point as soon as possible. If you have experience you can change the flat tire and replace it with the spare tire, or call a tow truck and have a mechanic change the tire for you.


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Rigoberto

9 years of experience
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Rigoberto
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Niles, Illinois
Rigo was great! He got there early, finished the job early, left everything clean. He changed my rear pads and rotors. The original quoted time was 90 minutes, he was done in about 60. He knows what he is doing and I am recommending him to all my friends and coworkers.
Mercedes-Benz C250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Chicago, Illinois
Rigo is a maverick hands down. Don’t take your car for work elsewhere. Especially great at Mercedes—this guy knows his profession! I will be using him for everything related to my car going forward.

Arturo

25 years of experience
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Arturo
25 years of experience
Kia Forte - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
ARTURO is great! very professional , fast, replaced my front brake pads and oil an filter change. everything now works and works well. Brakes have much improved stopping power and engine is smooth and quiet.Arturo is also kind and thoughtful. "Your mechanic" is very fortunate to have Arturo Lopez represent your company. I enthusiastically recommend him and "Your mechanic> as a fine operation Best regards to the Team Peter Marto
Nissan Maxima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Arturo was prompt and completed my brake repair, including new rotors in a very efficient manner. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and the parts and will definitely look to have him service our other car in the near future.

Scott

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Scott
32 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Denver, Colorado
Always on time, speedy, professional, and pleasant to interact with. The work is always consistent and we'll done. I can't reccomend Scott highly enough!

Michael

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Nissan Sentra - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Conyers, Georgia
He was promptly on time and got the job done efficiently in a timely manner. I really appreciate the rapid respone on getting the job done! I would most definitely use this service again.

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